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Tony Perkins Believes 'True Religious Freedom' Is Only For Anti-gay Christians - AUDIO

TonyperkinsA caller on Family Research Council president Tony Perkins' radio show "Washington Watch" asked the host about his thoughts regarding North Carolina's recent challenge to that state's same-sex marriage ban. The challenge, of course, has turned previous arguments on their heads, with clergy and same-sex couples alike stating that the ban violates the church's religious right to perform the marriages they approve of. 

Perkins, ever an authority on who is deserving of what in American society, gave quite the rich reply.  

Right Wing Watch reported Perkins' statement:’s like with the Religious Freedom Restoration Act that we worked on in Mississippi and failed in Arizona and other places, here’s a test of what is a true religious freedom, a freedom that’s based on orthodox religious viewpoints. It has to have a track record, it has to come forth from religious orthodoxy.

You cannot point to the Christian faith and say that same-sex marriage has been a key teaching of the church. You can only point to the opposite, that the church has stood against sexual immorality in terms of sexual relations of those outside of marriage and in particular homosexual behavior. There is no place, there is nothing for them to stand on and say that same-sex marriage has standing in the orthodox Christian faith.  

The religious right prescribing who should receive religious freedom? It seems that the case out of North Carolina is keeping Perkins and others on their toes.

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  1. I see, so religious freedom is for the "orthodox" only.

    Good luck with that.

    Posted by: please | May 10, 2014 3:15:33 PM

  2. I'm surprised he said that out loud, but it's the inevitable next step if they were ever to win. Once they get a guarantee that ANY religious view overrides civil liberty, the obvious next step is making sure the RIGHT religious view is the only one that wins.

    Posted by: Lymis | May 10, 2014 3:22:23 PM

  3. So "religious liberty" is the freedom of being slaves to the "true" representatives of God on earth. And who are the true ones? Those that are left standing after the new wars of religion?

    Posted by: Pandion | May 10, 2014 4:18:48 PM

  4. Of course, only his religion is "kosher," so to speak.

    This is the first time (I know of) that anybody has actually said in words what they've been implying for a long time!

    Posted by: Gay Guy | May 10, 2014 4:28:44 PM

  5. Actually, @GAY GUY, Roy Moore, Chief Justice of the Alabama Supreme Court, has said that the 1st Amendment only applies to "the god of the Holy Scriptures," meaning the Bible.

    Posted by: JJ | May 10, 2014 4:47:50 PM

  6. Um, Mr. Perkins is only interested in "religious freedom" for his brand of Christianity.........a very narrow and rigid view of religion

    Posted by: Bernie | May 10, 2014 5:05:33 PM

  7. Which one is the most orthodox? He may be thinking about the Catholic Church which claims to have the longest tradition and descended directly from Peter and therefore Jesus. Strictly speaking the "most orthodox" title should go to Judaism which predated Catholicism. To them, Jesus was just a bastard.

    Posted by: Brian Brown | May 10, 2014 5:09:41 PM

  8. Since his religion is based on totally false premises in the first place it is no surprise he is also confused about what is fair and just.

    The guy worships a Sky Monster that allegedly will wipe out all life on a planet in a temper tantrum, it's no wonder Mr Perkins is such a creep.

    Posted by: Stephen Rider | May 10, 2014 5:17:24 PM

  9. One day, the Catholic Church will change their mind which is almost inevitable. Tony will have to claim he is more "orthodox" than the official church. Before that he has to leave the GOP or rather GOP leaves him. If he keeps his promise, he has to form a fringe group equivalent to the KKK.

    Posted by: simon | May 10, 2014 5:21:44 PM

  10. The freedom to live your life as another dictates is not freedom at all. It is tyranny in sheep's clothing.

    Posted by: MajorTom | May 10, 2014 5:22:48 PM

  11. "All animals are equal but some animals are more equal than others."

    Posted by: tominsf | May 10, 2014 5:26:29 PM

  12. He's not a monster so much as like an alcoholic father with anger and physical violence issues. He wiped out all living things in a great flood only because man was makings too much noise!!!!

    At the end he sobered up enough to tell Noah to save some animals, but by that time he had already started the fire so to speak and couldn't stop.

    He then plays some really twisted passive aggressive practical jokes on job, is a grumpy old man turning the music off and shutting the party down in sodom. Gimmorrah got caught in the wrong place and the wring time just cause it was near by.

    He rapes a neighbor lady right before she got married and eventually had the his killed only to say later it was because everyone else was at fault. When the we paramedics ressussitate his sin, he's grounded and can't come out to play until the neighbor kids behave. But after awhile I think the mid was sent to military or reform school, because he disappeared. Maybe he ran away from home. I probably would.

    The sons friends were druggies, winos, and whites, so probably became a street hustler in Los Angeles.

    I can't wait for oral testimony for the north Carolina hearing.

    Posted by: steve talbert | May 10, 2014 6:08:14 PM

  13. A religion belief doesn't have to be "orthodox" or ancient to be protected by the First Amendment (e.g., Mormonism), it just has to be "sincerely held" as a religious belief.

    Posted by: Matt | May 10, 2014 6:13:20 PM

  14. I wish there was an edit feature on site and less aggressive autocorrect on my phone.

    Oh. I forgot about the time he made that woman marry her widows brother although the guy didn't even like her and ended up only being able to masturbate when they had sex.

    And there's all the approval of slavery. And probably was grumpy from a severe shrimp and crustacean allergy.

    Yeah, great role model for happy life lessons that Yewah yahoo has. Surprised there's no realty show on bravo.

    Posted by: steve talbert | May 10, 2014 6:14:27 PM

  15. If only Tony Perkins had been born in Munich circa 1925, he'd have been a much happier fellow. As a boy he could have joined the HitlerJunge. Upon adulthood he could have joined the Schutzstaffel and rubbed shoulders with Himmler and Heydrich, and worn a fancy uniform, and goosestepped all around town, and Sieg Heiled morning, noon, and night. How sad that it's too late for him to live as the fascist he was born to be.

    Posted by: Jim | May 10, 2014 6:19:22 PM

  16. Perkins is a totally disgusting person. He will not be happy until he has shoved his religious beliefs down the throats of every living human being. Folks like Perkins, although they are hesitant to admit it, do not even want religions other than Christianity to have the right to exercise their own religious freedoms. He's starting with the gays and the atheists and if he somehow manages to turn the tide of public opinion against them he will most certainly move on to those practicing religious other than his.

    Posted by: ThomT | May 11, 2014 4:07:50 PM

  17. How many people who grew up in a family that was totally non religious, joined some religion as an adult?

    Posted by: Jerry6 | May 11, 2014 6:15:39 PM

  18. The Bible is what all Christianity is based upon. The USA was based upon Judeo Christian beliefs and so was the Constitution. Freedom of religion was about being free to practice your faith based on those Judeo Christian values, not freedom from religion, not freedom from morality. Tony Perkins accepts homosexuals in his church as human beings which are sinners. Jesus Christ died on the cross for our sins. The God we worship, Jesus the son of God, does not allow the killing of unborn children, it does not condone sex outside of marriage or same sex relations and marriages as all are a humanity stopping practices, putting monogamous heterosexual couples in the service of gays to produce children for them. All humans fall short of Gods laws in some fashion, but it is that accepted morality that this country and society aspires to in order to survive and prosper. Morality is important for both society man and country and the world. We are not an Islamic country where gays are beheaded and adulterers or sex outside if marriage is punishable by death. But if we have freedom from religion, from American values, that's where we're headed. Same sex marriage is bad for society and we are raising vulnerable children to experiment and choose to be gay. It's an abomination and immoral society to raise our sons and daughters without faith and morality. The church is for sinners and God loves all, but God doesn't tell us to change the rules to fit the sins of man, to allow evil to rule over good. By the way, I live in Missouri and we have the same laws against discrimination the rest of the country has. You can't be fired for being Gay. What that law proposed protecting gays specifically does is allow frivolous and false law suits against employers by precious gay people who are more likely to be psychopathic personality disordered than non gays. Look it up, abuse and pedophelia, and Cluster B personality disorders hallmarked by low empathy and no conscience are prevalent in the LBGT population. So society is changing to accommodate the sickest of our society, normalizing abhorrent behaviors. Way to go you stupid Libs.

    Posted by: kacee | May 15, 2014 2:00:28 PM

  19. "a freedom that’s based on orthodox religious viewpoints. It has to have a track record, it has to come forth from religious orthodoxy.”

    Says a member of the heretical offshoot of Christianity known as Protestantism.

    Posted by: Jeff A | May 20, 2014 5:06:27 PM

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